Junior Tigers roll to road sweep


LARAMIE – The Torrington junior Legion baseball team rolled to two more victories on Tuesday evening in Laramie.

The Tigers defeated the Rangers 14-1 and 10-4 to improve to 8-3 on the season and 6-0 in conference play.

In game one, Torrington looked to get things off with a quick start with a single by Aiden Desmond, but the Tigers weren’t able to do anything with it.

“We thought we were going to be in business, but we ended up getting picked off first,” Tiger coach Morgan Desmond said.

Brady Cook and Mac Hibben also singled for the Tigers in the first.

It wasn’t until the third inning when the Tigers broke the scoreless tie. Grady Shields, Cook and Hibben tallied singles, scoring a pair of runs to give Torrington a 2-0 lead.

It was in the fourth inning when Torrington blew the game wide open with eight runs. Aiden Desmond and Shields tallied consecutive doubles to spark the offensive explosion.

“That blew it wide open for us in the first game,” Morgan Desmond said.

On the mound, Cook went the distance for the Tigers on only 61 pitches.

“Pitching was very good. He recorded eight strike outs in five innings,” Morgan Desmond said.

At the plate, Hibben was 4-for-4 with three singles and a home run. Cook was 3-for-3, while Shields and Aiden Desmond went 2-for-3.

In game two, it was much closer.

The Tigers got off to a hot start in the first, scoring six runs, but Laramie connected on a two-run home run to cut into the deficit.

Torrington didn’t score again until the fourth inning, scoring one in the frame and adding three more in the fifth.

The Rangers looked to cut into the deficit late, scoring a pair in the seventh, but that was a close as the Tigers allowed the home team to get.

Aiden Desmond went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Shields went 2-for-4. Cook and Hibben both went 2-for-5.

“We cooled off. It wasn’t the hit parade like the first game,” Morgan Desmond said. “We kept hitting it right at people in the second game. They were hitting the ball hard. I’m very happy with how well we hit the ball all night, but that second game, it was right at people.”

Aiden Desmond also went six innings for Torrington on the mound on 80 pitches, striking out six.

The Tigers travel to Rushville, Neb. for a 6 p.m. contest on Monday, June 14 before returning home on Wednesday to face Cheyenne at 4 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16.

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